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Kyle Guy looks to end shooting slump, Ty Jerome and team prepare for Sweet 16

Tip off is technically at 9:57 p.m. on Thursday night.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-South Regional Practice Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

March Madness is back as the Sweet 16 begins on Thursday. Your Virginia Cavaliers are scheduled to tip off at just before 10 p.m. on TBS against the Oregon Ducks. As Tony Bennett and Co., make a run for the Elite Eight, we’ve brought you lots of content on STL. See: here, here and here. Get ready for a weekend of great NCAA tournament games and hopefully a lot of cheering for the ‘Hoos. To get you ready for the late night game, here’s what’s happening around the corner.

Demanding father gave UVa’s TyJerome a New York basketball education (Daily Press)

Tony Bennett played for his father Dick Bennett in college, but Ty Jerome was too young to choose his first coach: his father, Mark. Jerome came from a basketball family (his younger brother’s name is Kobe so that part might be self explanatory) but the Press dives into how his New York upbringing impacts his play.

UVA Student-Athletes’ Efforts Extend Well Beyond Gyms and Stadiums (UVA Today)

When Jack Salt isn’t setting screens or hanging around the rim, he’s often at local elementary schools reading to young children. De’Andre Hunter does the same, but they’re far from the only ones.

Three things to know about Oregon, Virginia’s opponent in the Sweet 16 (Daily Progress)

Virginia, the south’s top seed, will take on No. 12 Oregon in the Sweet 16 on Thursday during the NCAA tournament.

Close to home, Virginia guard Kyle Guy aims to end shooting slump against Oregon (Daily Progress)

As the ‘Hoos take on the Ducks in Louisville, Indiana native Kyle Guy looks to bounce back form his four-point performance against Oklahoma.

Mamadi Diakite: Do blondes have more fun? (Augusta Free Press)

Has Mamadi Diakite’s performance improved since he switched up his hair color?

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